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For many Americans, actual health behaviors fall short of evidence-based recommendations and guidelines. Why do people do what they do—or don’t do? How can we design programs that tap into these factors to support healthier behaviors? This course explores theories of behavior change commonly used in nutrition and public health. Specific theories addressed include the Health Belief Model, the Theory of Planned Behavior, Social Learning Theory, Diffusion of Innovations, Behavioral Economics, and the Socio-Ecological framework. The course emphasizes the application of core theory concepts to the design and evaluation of program interventions. If you are a Tufts undergraduate student please contact This course is offered January 15, 2020-April 19, 2020. Final grades are posted May 11, 2020.

Affiliated With:

  • Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy